People with tattoos are often considered to be of shady character. Studies suggest those with such tattoos can be hot-tempered. There is a connection between tattoos and anger claims The Guardian. The more tattoos you have, the angrier you are. Tattoos may mean you’re a rebel.
Studies suggest that if a person has more tattoos, they become angry easier than most people. They can be quite rebellious. They show high levels of aggression, especially verbal according to the study.
Bringing back the stereotypes.
Wearing dark things and tattoos created a stereotype long ago that seemed to have passed away with time. However, studies done at Anglia Ruskin University, UK, have shown that the old stereotype is kind of true! Let us have a look at what studies suggest:
Studies suggested that there is a strong link between anger and the crave for many tattoos. In the study, Professor Viren Swami asked 378 adults how many tattoos they have on their bodies.
The individuals in the study were asked about four different traits, their anger, aggression, hostility and physical. The individuals were given options to agree or disagree with the statement that if provoked they may end up hitting someone.
The rebelliousness of volunteers was analyzed in two areas. One was proactive. The idea of becoming a rebel for fun. The second was reactive. Acting as a rebel because of disappointment.
Proactive area questions included whether or not they would act rebellious if asked not to perform a particular task. Reactive area questions included if someone portrays their anger on you, would you be become angry and talk back or would you withdraw from the situation to avoid an argument.
It was identified from the results that adults with many tattoos had reactive aggression rebelliousness compared to others. Also, the tattooed individuals were verbally aggressive and angry which was not the case with other volunteers of the study.
Researchers also concluded that most of the aggression is found in men. They did and did not have an explanation for this conclusion.
One explanation was that due to disappointment and frustration some individuals choose to go and get tattoos. As per Professor Swami, these individuals get something that shows rebelliousness when they are disappointed because they believe it is a taboo. Since tattoos are considered rebellious.
The results above were for reactive rebelliousness. Whereas there was not much difference between those with tattoos and without tattoos in the case of proactive rebelliousness. Professor Swami concluded that it may be because this kind of anger is at odds with the pain the volunteer is facing. Those with tattoos do have a high level in terms of anger and verbal anger.
The report suggested that due to current stereotyping, the difference between tattoos and non-tattoos is going weak. Because the data collected suggests that even though the demographics were different, still the results remained the same.
Tattoos and self-esteem:
Past studies show a higher self-esteem level for tattooed individuals. Approx. 2000 college students were surveyed from 6 different universities regarding self-esteem and depression.
The volunteers were asked about suicide and if they ever attempted it. Results showed that for women the higher the number of tattoos, the higher the self-esteem levels.
But with such high levels of self-esteem, depression also increased. Also, studies reported the increase in suicidal attempts with the increase in tattoos. For every four tattoos, the rate of suicide was more for women. Compared to those without tattoos.
The researchers were not fully convinced that self-esteem was high due to tattoos. However, the researchers did conclude that tattoos were used by women as a healer for all their trauma. Some victims of abuse as well as deadly diseases also use tattoos to gain back self-esteem. They concluded that women will try and hide emotional trauma with tattoos.